Elephant Nature Park, the sanctuary

Elephants, elephants, elephants, what would South East Asia be without them! This was probably one of the best experiences of the trip. We knew we wanted to visit some sanctuary to spend time with these big animals, so we spent a lot of time researching for information on real sanctuaries. We were aware we didn’t wanted to ride them or be in any kind of show where the elephants are force to perform. We were very aware that some places posing as sanctuaries are not real and the animals are force to carry people or abuse while the tourist are gone.

We try to be very responsible travelers, never engaging in activities that includes abuse of animals (or even zoos), traffic of people or animals or humiliation of women (such as ping-pong shows). We believe that all travelers and tourist should be aware of the consequences of participating in these kinds of activities and we should start avoiding any shows that we would not consider ethical at home.

The elephant nature park is a well known sanctuary with a good reputation and we were able to experience how well taken care are these elephants. For those who don’t know, once an elephant is domesticated, it can’t be released to the wild. Almost half of the population of elephants in Thailand is captive and will never be able to go back to the jungle. This has become a huge issue when circus were forbidden, the owners of the elephants (mahoud) migrated to big cities or southern beaches to beg or to carry tourist around to afford feeding the elephant, they eat the 10% of their weight daily. Both practices have terrible consequences for the elephants that are removed from their habitat to live in cities and force to work long hours. So please, never, never hire a elephant ride. This is the only way to really end with animal suffering, is amazing to see what the weight of the chair and the people do to their backs!

For us, spending a day with them, feeding them and watching them take a bath was an incredible experience and a day we will not forget. Check out the video here.

If your are interested you can find more information here: www.elephantnaturepark.org


 

Elefantes, elefantes, elefantes, que hubiera sido del sudeste asiático sin ellos! Esta fue probablemente una de las mejores experiencias de nuestro viaje. Queríamos visitar un santuario y pasar un día con estos grandes animales, así que estudiamos bastante información sobre santuarios reales. Estábamos seguros que no queríamos montarlos o estar en ningún tipo de show donde tuvieran que realizar trucos y pruebas. Descubrimos que hay muchos lugares llamados “santuarios” que no son tan reales ya que los elefantes siguen siendo forzados a trabajar cargando personas o siendo abusados una vez que los turistas se hayan ido.

El Parque Natural de Elefantes es un santuario muy reconocido y pudimos ver y experimentar lo bien que cuidan de ellos. Para aquellos que no lo saben, una vez que un Elefante es domesticado no puede sobrevivir en libertad. Casi la mitad de la población de los elefantes en Tailandia vive en cautiverio y no podrán volver a vivir en la selva. Esto se ha convertido en un gran problema al prohibirse los circos, los cuidadores de los elefantes, llamados Mahoud, tuvieron que migrar a las grandes ciudades o playas del sur para mendigar o trabajar haciendo paseos con turistas para afrontar el mantenimiento del elefante, comen el 10 % de su peso cada día. Las dos opciones tienen terribles consecuencias para los elefantes, quitados de su hábitat para vivir en ciudades y obligados a trabajar largas horas. Entonces, por favor, nunca, nunca, nunca contrates un paseo en elefante. Este es el único camino para terminar con el sufrimiento animal, es tremendo ver daño que hace en sus columnas el peso de la silla mas dos o tres turistas.

Para nosotros, pasar un día con ellos, dándoles de comer y viendo como toman un baño en el río ha sido una experiencia increíble y un día inolvidable. Pueden ver el video aqui.

Si estas interesado puedes encontrar mas información en el link www.elephantnaturepark.org

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